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staid, for I don't know what had become of us!   Yesten with violent rains, there came flouncing down from mountains such a flood that it floated the whole city, jewellers on the Old Bridge removed their commodities, in two hours after the bridge was cracked.    The tor: broke down the quays and drowned several coach-hoi which are kept here in stables under ground.    We \ moated into our house all day, which is near the Arno, had the miserable spectacles of the ruins that were was along with the hurricane.    There was a cart with two c not quite dead, and four men in it drowned : but what ridiculous, there came tiding along a fat hay-cock, wit hen and her eggs, and a cat.    The torrent is considers abated; but we expect terrible  news  from the coun especially from Pisa, which  stands so much lower, nearer the sea.    There is a stone here, which when water overflows, Pisa is entirely flooded.    The water : two ells yesterday above that stone.    Judge!
For this last month we have passed our time but du
all diversions silenced on the Emperor's death, and ev
body out of town.   I have seen nothing but cards and •
pairs of cicisbeos.    I have literally seen so much love
pharaoh since being here, that I believe I shall never 1
either again as long as I live.    Then I am got into a ho
lazy way of a morning.    I don't believe I should ki
seven o'clock in the morning again if I was to see it.
I am returning to England, and shall grow very solemn
wise !   Are you wise ?   Dear West, have pity on one ^
has done nothing of gravity for these two years, and
laugh sometimes.   We do nothing else, and have contra
such formidable ideas of the good people of England thai
are already nourishing great black eyebrows and great K
beards, and teasing our countenances into wrinkles.   T
for the common talk of the times we are quite at a loss,